50 years of CIAT partnerships
By Ruben G. Echeverria, DG CIAT
The Green Revolution had a massive impact: lives saved, millions of people spared from hunger, and many of those lifted out of poverty. But it was not without its challenges. Today land is severely degraded, millions have an abundance of calories but suffer from malnutrition, ecosystems are undervalued, and climate change threatens to destabilize the most vulnerable.
As we look to the future, there are things that won’t change. Agriculture, and food systems more broadly, will continue to be one of the most important drivers of economic and social development on the planet. Partnerships, research, and innovation is needed more than ever. Join us, as we draw on 50 years of experience, showing us clearly the way forward!
Bio Ruben Echeverría
Ruben Echeverría, a citizen from Uruguay, has worked on agricultural and rural development issues for 35 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, where his filed research was conducted in collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico. Through two missions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ultimately as Director of agriculture and rural development, and later in Rome as the Executive Director of the Science Council of the CGIAR – he is no stranger to the critical role that research plays in development impact. Since 2009 he has been a champion of CIAT’s mission to Reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture.